Category: Leisure Travel

Tax-free in Texas

Now’s the time to visit Texas if you’re a shopaholic.   This weekend (17th-19th August 2007)  is the state annual tax-free weekend where Texas suspends state and local taxes on retail purchases. In short, this means that  for every $100 you spend, you’ll save $8.

World's Best Luxury Hotels 2007 from Five Star Alliance

World’s Best Luxury Hotels 2007 from Five Star Alliance

Our friends over at Five Star Alliance have devised their own ‘best hotels’ list for the second year running. Their World’s Best Luxury Hotels 2007 sees the spectacular Four Seasons Punta Mita recognised as one of the  World’s Best Golf Resorts, and Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands as one of the World’s […]

Stay longer and save with The Breakers Palm Beach

Stay longer and save with The Breakers Palm Beach

From now through until 30th September 2007, enjoy guaranteed savings on regular room rates at The Breakers Palm Beach, plus complimentary fitness classes and tennis court fees, and reduced summer pricing on Beach Bungalows, dining, spa, golf and Kids’ Day Camp.   Rates start from $229 per night on stays of 5 nights or longer.

Golf & Spa package from The Lodge at Sonoma

Golf & Spa package from The Lodge at Sonoma

The Lodge at Sonoma, Northern California resort has partnered with Stone Tree Golf, Marin County’s 18-hole championship golf course,  to offer  guests the opportunity to play and relax with the new “Golf & Spa” package. Individuals and couples alike are welcomed to the tranquil 182-room Sonoma resort to rejuvenate in a plush deluxe Lodge guestroom, […]

Recognition for The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa

Recognition for The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa

The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa has earned the 2007 Gold Tee Award for Excellence in Golf and Meeting Facilities from Meetings & Conventions magazine, and has been recognized by Fox News and Brides magazine. The Alabama resort, recently reopened after a $50 million post-Katrina renovation, has also received accolades from Fox […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Enjoy combining golf and gourmet? See 64 Players Andy Hayler’s excellent Michelin Restaurants Guide Boutique luxury from Gothenburg’s Elite Plaza Hotel Luxury real estate from Opus Panama

Jamaica's only resort with an equestrian centre

Jamaica’s only resort with an equestrian centre

Equestrians looking for a vacation to pursue their passion need look no further than Half Moon, the only resort to boast its own equestrian centre in Jamaica and one of only three such resorts in the Caribbean. Led by skilled and passionate trainers, the centre offres exciting programmes for all ages. Guests can take advantage […]

Frank Gehry-designed playground

Frank Gehry-designed playground

An original Frank Gehry-designed playground, costing $4 million,  is to grace New York’s  Battery Park. Gehry, the architect behind the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Hotel Marqués De Riscal in Rioja wine country, among many other projects,  is famous for his unique, modern style.  

4-night 4th of July special from Marquis Los Cabos Beach, Golf, Spa and Casitas Resort

4-night 4th of July special from Marquis Los Cabos Beach, Golf, Spa and Casitas Resort

For just the price of a Private Pool Casita, Marquis Los Cabos Beach, Golf, Spa and Casitas Resort is offering a 4-night 4th of July special with a snorkel tour aboard Novia Mia, Marquis’ 80 foot Turkish Schooner; one dinner for two at Vista Ballenas restaurant and $100 USD credit at Spa Marquis.  On-land accommodation […]

Steamboat Ski Resort opens for summer season

Steamboat Ski Resort opens for summer season

With Intrawest‘s recent $239.1 million acquisition of Steamboat Ski Resort, now is the perfect time to experience the allure and excitement of Steamboat Springs’ endless entertainment and unmatched real estate offering.  It’s  fast becoming the most sought-after mountain destination in Colorado and sales  are up and continue to climb! Steamboat opens for the summer season […]

Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival

The Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival is held at Lake Skinner every year on the first weekend of June. There is an admission fee to the festival which includes the entertainment.

Pestana Palace in Lisbon - a golfer's paradise?

Pestana Palace in Lisbon – a golfer’s paradise?

Ideally located in the heart of Lisbon and just a short drive from the Estoril Coast, the luxurious Pestana Palace seamlessly blends the natural beauty of its surroundings with the excitement and culture of Lisbon. With magnificent views of a private subtropical park, as well as the Tagus River, this is a great place for […]

Swim with the Dolphins Experience, courtesy of the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort

Swim with the Dolphins Experience, courtesy of the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort

Discover a once in a lifetime adventure with the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort‘s “Swim with the Dolphins Experience,” an exhilarating Florida resort package. This unforgettable package encompasses one-night deluxe accommodations at the Orlando resort complete with a complimentary upgrade to a pool-view room, buffet breakfast in Solaris Restaurant and one-day all-inclusive admission to Discovery […]

Online helicopter tour of The Sagamore's golf course

Online helicopter tour of The Sagamore’s golf course

Thanks to modern technology, golfers can now take a ‘helicopter tour’ of The Sagamore’s historic and award-winning championship New York golf course without leaving their desk. The tour, available on The Sagamore website, provides a hole-by-hole overview of the famed Donald Ross course, with detailed audio descriptions of each hole’s design and challenges.

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Great golfing  destinations worldwide  with Châteaux Golf Luxuriate with Lukimibi in the Kruger National Park Travel in contemporary style with Aspire Holidays Head for Wheel Farm Cottages in North Devon

New brand from Ritz-Carlton: Ritz-Carlton Reserve

New brand from Ritz-Carlton: Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Ritz-Carlton is launching a new brand, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, to cater for those who prefer more unusual destinations. The first such resort within the brand will be Molasses Reef in the Turks & Caicos Islands, scheduled to open in 2008 with 125 suites, 60 villas starting from $2.6 million, two restaurants and a spa. Over 50% […]